Park West Diner (Little Falls)

Park West Diner, Little Falls, NJ

According to here, the Park West Diner is ranked to have one of the best entree salads in the state.  A diner ranked with restaurants to have a good salad?

For a diner to have the BEST salads is a tremendous feat.  As most people know, for the first several diner reviews, I opted to review a salad and red velvet cake.  I thought it was easier to compare the differences…eventually, I realized that got boring.

Park West Diner

Park West Diner Atmosphere: A
The Park West Diner is located right off the main road in a shopping center.  It’s one of the bigger diners I’ve seen, and it’s hard to miss.

The outside of the Park West Diner is metallic silver and red while the inside is typical of a diner.  It’s got a shiny bar, red booths, and plenty of space.

Park West Diner Service: C
While the waitress at the Park West Diner was friendly, she didn’t come around often.  There were five parties in the diner, and it took a long time for the food to come out.   It was one of the slowest waits; we’ve had in a while.  I was disappointed.

Park West Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at the Park West Diner tasted great.  I can appreciate a diner with their logo mugs, and the coffee was boiling.  I wish it was refilled more but other than that; it was great coffee.

Park West Diner Coffee

Park West Diner Food: B
As mentioned, the Park West Diner is well known for its salads.  Over 30% of their business is from salads!  That is unusual for any restaurant, let alone a diner.  The Park West Diner serves typical fair, but since they specialize in salads, I decided to revisit a Greek salad.  I can’t remember the last time I had a salad at a diner, perhaps a few months ago at the Colonial Diner with Christine?

An exciting aspect of the Park West Diner was that they included a chickpea salad with every table.  Each table received a bread basket as well as their signature chickpea salad. The chickpea salad was the best part of the entire meal at the Park West Diner.

Park West Diner Chickpea salad

I ordered the large Greek salad with salmon.  For a diner known for their salads, I wasn’t impressed.  The salad wasn’t unusual or out of the ordinary.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the best.

To be honest, I regretted getting it.  The Greek salad had block feta, tomatoes, onions, grape leaves, and olives.  The lettuce was watery and tasteless, and the salad was small to be considered the “large portion.”  I wondered if they made a mistake and gave me the small salad until the waitress said: “isn’t that salad huge”?  They forgot the dressing as well, so I had to wait a while for that.

Park West Diner Salad

I ordered salmon on top, which saved the salad.

It wasn’t a bad meal, but it wasn’t a meal I would consider “the best” of anything.  I’ve had better diner salads: meaning more salad and higher quality ingredients. Sorry, Park West Diner, I wasn’t impressed.

Park West Diner Cost: $
For my coffee and salad with salmon, the cost was $18.  Not the most expensive salad I’ve had, but it wasn’t cheap either.  The quality wasn’t there for the cost of salad.

Would I come back/Summary to the Park West Diner (Little Falls):

Honestly, I was disappointed with the Park West Diner (Little Falls).  If I do come back, I would order something else next time I’m in the area.  It wasn’t terrible, but the service and food make the Park West Diner in the middle or bottom of the diner pack.  The chickpea appetizer was my favorite part of the meal, and I do appreciate each meal comes with that!

However, with over 200 diners in New Jersey, it’s not a diner I would have sought out.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: C
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost: $10-20
Overall: B

You can see all of the reviews here.

Questions for you:
When was the last time you were let down?
What Is your favorite restaurant coffee mug?